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5 Days Ago 11:30 PM
Towguy
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

they sure are nice looking boats,hope they sail as nice,good luck in your search....
5 Days Ago 08:37 AM
krisscross
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Thanks, Ralph, I saw it. Seriously overpriced boat in current market IMO. Very nice cosmetically but requiring quite a bit of upgrades for long term cruising.
6 Days Ago 11:16 PM
Towguy
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

mmmm there is an Alajuela 33 in pocasset,MA [where ever that is? sounds very N.east state coast] its on yacht world....Ralph
6 Days Ago 10:53 PM
krisscross
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

It is one of the boats that I'm seriously considering. I will be casting off next spring to cruise full time so my search is starting to get more serious. While my preference would be east coast boats, I have considered departing from California or Mexico if I found a great boat at a reasonable price. Now and then I see some real gems out there.
6 Days Ago 10:02 PM
Markwesti
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

krisscross , really your looking at getting a Alajuela ? Keep us posted OK?
1 Week Ago 08:56 AM
krisscross
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Hi Christina, I might be interested. Any link to additional info, price, and boat pictures?
1 Week Ago 03:37 AM
christina van horn
Re: Alajuella 33

Alajuela 33 for sale in San Diego, CA

We have been proud owners of an Alejuela 33 since 1981. Second caregivers to what we believe is hull #1 our family of four sailed for many years in Southern California and enjoyed our beautiful boat. While our family has grown, we lost our captain last year and have had a hard time enjoy “Moto Bene”, now that he is gone. We are looking for the next caregiver to our diamond in the rough. We are looking for someone that appreciates her. She need a lot of work and love.

We will be posting photos and more information in the next month but we wanted to reach out to all of you to see if anyone is looking for an Alajuela 33, we will be selling in the next several months, as is, where it is.

All the best
Christina Van Horn
11-25-2012 11:24 PM
Mico
Alajuella 33

Funny that you should mention looking for a Alajuela 33 We know of a fantastic one currently for sale and looking for her next adventure after a circumnavigation, cruising the Med, South America and Malaysia and the South Pacific.

Sure she's in Australia but think of all the koala's you could cuddle!

Check out our vid on youtube - Alajuela 33

fair winds,


Mico
05-11-2012 12:46 AM
JVallely
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Ben, thanks for replying re the rudder. I'm glad to hear the issue wasn't with the internal metal frame. I discovered that my rudder was out of alignment with the tiller head, but I think it must have been sloppy manufacturing. I had to re-drill the rudder tubes anyway because of slop in the steering.
My Don Allen rack & pinion gear froze up once at a bad time (like there's a good time). Turned out an end tooth on the rack broke and jammed it. So I installed an engine control lever on the side of the well and a bulkhead compass. The original laminated tiller was still in the boat. Lots more room in the cockpit now.
I put a 3/8" polycarbonate lens in the hole left in the cockpit sole, permanently bedded into a bolted, 3/4" plywood donut, and covered it with a Beckson deck plate to keep dirt off it. The polycarbonate was from a scrap left over from a bullet-proof security booth so it ought to shed water. It lights up the area behind the engine beautifully when I have to work down there.
The tiller is a bit of work, but I think I just have to do a better job of balancing the sails, and I don't have to worry about another gear failure.
So far, the boat is plenty big for me, especially when it comes time to pay for storage.
I'm determined to put off-white wallpaper in the salon area to lighten it up, though.
John
05-09-2012 10:36 PM
dana2455
Re: Looking for an Alajuela 33.

Hey John,

The rudder had obvious symmetry issues and was overall very unfair in shape. I think it was a classic case of a saturated rudder with winter haul-outs and freezing. This was one part of the rebuild that I had a hand with as I did not feel comfortable at the time with this type of fiberglass work. Basically the the glass was cut out on both sides leaving a small perimeter to maintain shape, the foam core was dug out and replaced with new before re-glassing and fairing, the rudder post connection to the framework was still good so nothing had to be done here.

My boat had wheel steering by a company called Don Allen, I was always tempted to remove and go back to tiller but never got around to it.

Certainly valid points about the cockpit, I never had a situation where I took on enormous amounts of water to give much feedback here. My boat did not have the portlights in the quarterberths.

I've been looking for bigger boat options for a while with no luck to date, at least in my price range! I went way outside of my normal traditional realm and looked closely at a C&C Landfall 38 but at the end of day the cored hull and a whole host of other issues freaked me out! I looked at a Contest 35S which was a cool boat, 6' draft makes me a bit nervous. Maybe an Allied Princess....

Anyway..... Always fun to talk boats.

Ben
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